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Posted by: Heather Culp on Nov 30, 2017

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, I took the accompanying photo of my family exploring the raw land on which the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center is now located. The 2012-13 fiscal year was my first year on the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) Board of Directors and we would soon vote on whether to make an offer on the land. My husband and I loaded our three Labrador retrievers into the Lab Cab (our SUV) and headed out to the land under consideration. The five of us walked the entire Greenway Business Park and got a good feeling about the location and the possibilities it offered. Howdy, our black lab, was so excited he could not sit still, causing him to look like a hologram in the photo. Tucker, our yellow lab, is the honor student of the group and was probably performing a site survey in his head. The chocolate lab in the photo, Bailey, has since gone to dog heaven and is succeeded by our newest chocolate lab, Happy.  

Posted by: Heather Culp on Nov 1, 2017

My first job upon graduating law school in 1997 was as a full-time staff attorney for a Fayette County Circuit Court judge in Lexington, Kentucky. I earned $17,000 a year (!) and when I left that job in 1998 to enter private practice in Lexington, I knew every single person who worked in the courthouse, how the court conducted its business and most of the judges and attorneys in town. I felt like I had the world by the tail. 

Against that backdrop, it was humbling to move to Charlotte in 2002. My first job here was as a contract paralegal while awaiting my North Carolina law license, earning a fraction of what I’d been making as an attorney. When I did obtain my North Carolina law license, I knew no one at the North Carolina courthouses (or anywhere else), and it seemed I could do nothing right. For example, how I wish I had kept the letter from the Mecklenburg County Clerk’s office, advising me that unless I joined the Mecklenburg County Bar ASAP, my brand-new law license would be suspended. In Kentucky, all local bars were voluntary, so I had made yet another error. I had yet to discover the Mecklenburg County Bar.

 

Posted by: Heather Culp on Oct 2, 2017

I often wear a necklace with a pendant inscribed “FIND THE SILVER LINING.”  I like it because it reminds me that there are lessons and opportunities in my own mistakes and hardships. It also reminds me that part of my job as an attorney is to give my clients hope and encouragement during challenging times, and that in so doing, I can be a silver lining.

Posted by: Heather Culp on Aug 31, 2017

Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” The Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) has begun implementing a strategic plan that guides our work through 2020, in accordance with our mission: “To serve the public and the Bar members in improving and preserving the administration of justice, and to assist the North Carolina State Bar as described by statutory requirements.” 

The plan is the culmination of three years of work by dozens of MCB leaders and staff, who prioritized two areas of importance: (1) offering value to our diverse membership and (2) dedicating resources to what the MCB can uniquely provide. 

Posted by: Heather Culp on Aug 1, 2017

I still associate August with buying school supplies and getting organized for the upcoming school year. (Does anyone else remember the thrill of a new Trapper Keeper?) One of the perks of serving as MCB President is access to thought leaders on a variety of legal and Bar issues, including technology for legal professionals. Here are 10 tools I've collected for you while attending bar leadership events over the past year. Think of these as school supplies for your law practice...


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